New Redbacks trio upbeat for season
AFTER coaching the under-16 side in two successive finals campaigns, Brendan Walker is the new coach of the Warwick Redbacks first-division men's side.
It will be a new-look Redbacks this year with former Tasmanian club player Adam Colrain the new president.
Keith Clarke will coach the women's team after formerly club president in the past.
Walker said his first aim in the 2015 season would be to make the finals.
"I have been in Warwick for 13 years and want to help mentor the players and grow the sport," he said.
Players from the Redbacks 2014 premiership team set to line up again in 2015 include captain Alex Cutmore, Kurt Millard, Brendan Iles and two of the young guns from this year, James McKendry and Brent Walker.
"Kris Millard will return from injury and can kick a goal from anywhere within 60 metres, he kicked nine in one game this season," Walker said.
"Four or five of the boys from the under-16 side this season have the ability to play A-grade."
Colrain coached the Warwick U14 side this season and said the first-division grand-final win was a great boost to the club.
"We were the only footy team in Warwick to have a team in a Toowoomba or Darling Downs grand final," Colrain said.
He played senior football for Lindisfarne in the Southern Football League in Hobart kicking a best of five goals in a game.
An engineer, he moved to Warwick in 2008 to work with the regional council for four years before setting up his business APC Project Management Services where he is involved in a lot of sub-divisional work.
He is a Melbourne Demons supporter, a club with similar colours to the Redbacks.
"I got involved for the love of the sport," he said.
Colrain wants the same emphasis on the women's team as the men's first-division team.
Clarke is women's coach and like Walker, wants to steer his team into finals footy.
"We had 10 regulars this year and I want 20 women next year," he said.
It is likely there will be six teams in the Darling Downs women's competition in 2015.
Players welcome to training 5.30pm Tuesday and Thursday to December 18.
President's Development Plans
A place for everyone - a second home
Greater social aspects - encourage parents/families to stay and get involved rather than just drop the kids off
Look at events that encourage people to come to Clubhouse
The Clubhouse will be opened to Club members, there will not be any 'no go zones' next year - the Clubhouse is for the whole Club at all times
Encourage people to come together at least once a month
To increase player numbers, supporters and membership.
Manage the club's financial position to provide a sustainable future